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    Green Philly

    Green Philly helps you live a more sustainable lifestyle. Founded in 2008 to make sustainability accessible for all Philadelphians, Green Philly is a community-focused resource that connects people to sustainable solutions, educates and empowers its readers.

    Find out about local changemakers making a difference, ethical businesses and individuals. Visit our events calendar for things to do. Discover how to recycle odd objects in our Where Can I Wednesday column.

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    We also have resources including a community events calendar, job board and local guides.

    Green Philly hosts SustainPHL in August, Philly’s annual sustainability awards ceremony and celebration.

    Listen to us! Green Philly launched the City Rising Podcast in Fall 2018 – find us on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts.

    How it


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    Since I was little, I remember an assembly in the school auditorium about recycling. Rick, dressed head-to-toe in a park ranger uniform, started a song called “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”. (Those may have been the only lyrics…)

    Fast forward to 2008. Every employee had a trashcan and recycling bin at their desk, and I took the time to rinse and put my recyclables in the right place. Then, I found out from my coworker that our employer was taking the recycling bin contents, and throwing them into the trashcan.

    I was outraged.

    Sustainability shouldn’t be hard.

    Green Philly was born from frustrations and expectations that we – Philadelphia, young adults, and community – could simply do better.

    Although we started as a blog, we’ve evolved into a media company that connects people to sustainable solutions. We still promise the same core values that grew from our roots: sharing the local, easy and low-cost choices to live sustainably. Sustainability goes beyond recycling and affects every choice we make.

    Read Green Philly to find out how to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Attend our events to learn from local experts. Experience SustainPHL to see Philly’s changemakers – both names you’ll recognize, and unsung heroes. Or listen to our podcast to learn more.

    Meet our


    Julie Hancher: Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief

    Julie Hancher is Co-Founder & Editor of Green Philly, a local media company that makes sustainable living easy, accessible and affordable to the region through its website and events.

    Since 2008, Green Philly is the region’s top source for sustainability news, tips, inspiration and career advice. Green Philly has over 30,000 monthly readers and reaches engaged citizens by email, social media and in real life. In 2016, Hancher created SustainPHL, Philadelphia’s annual sustainability awards and celebrations. Green Philly launched the City Rising podcast in Fall 2018, available on Apple, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts.

    With over 10 years of digital marketing experience, Julie is a frequent speaker and sustainability expert and has appeared on WHYY Radio Times, Philly Weekly, Travel & Leisure and more. During her tenure at Green Philly, her initiatives have resulted in plastic bag legislation, connected readers to careers, and increased security of the Schuylkill River Trail.

    She graduated from Pennsylvania State University and completed a Climate Change Science, Communication and Action certificate from Cornell University. When she’s not behind a computer, you can find Julie hiking, biking, creating art and recipes, or traveling.


    Local Leaders

    Want to learn from our city’s best in sustainability? Our Local Leaders Spotlight column features leading authorities including scientists, representatives from local government and local nonprofits like the Food Trust. Learn from Philly’s brightest in the GPB easy-to-digest format.


    Kristina Beese

    Kristina Beese is the co-owner of The Beese Knees, a gourmet ice cream cake company in Philadelphia. With a B.S. in Photography, she styles and photographs all her confections using both digital and 35mm film. Kristina believes cooking is a labor of love and wants to inspire others to find joy in their kitchens.


    Alisha Ebling

    Alisha Ebling is a writer, biker, vegan food consumer, and lover of all things book-related. You can find more of her writing on her website, or follow her @alishakathryn.

    Julia Knable

    Julia studies Marketing in the Fox School at Temple University. After a summer internship at Terracycle inspired her to learn about what she could do to help and protect our ever-changing planet, she ended up with a stint at Green Philly. Along with her passion for sustainability, look for her in a red polo and khakis giving tours of Temple University, on the court of a basketball game working as a athletic marketing assistant or taking a long run down Kelly drive.

    Join the Green Philly Family

    Do you want to talk about sustainability in Philadelphia? We accept contributions from community members or from subject matter experts in our Local Leaders Spotlight. Get started by submitting a post here.

    Interested in becoming a contributor?